Author: Jenna Black
Rating: 3/5 Stars
Good if...you're big into the whole faerie thing.
Dana Hathaway doesn’t know it yet, but she’s in big trouble. When her alcoholic mom shows up at her voice recital drunk, again, Dana decides she’s had enough and runs away to find her mysterious father in Avalon: the only place on Earth where the regular, everyday world and the captivating, magical world of Faerie intersect. But from the moment Dana sets foot in Avalon, everything goes wrong, for it turns out she isn't just an ordinary teenage girl—she's a Faeriewalker, a rare individual who can travel between both worlds, and the only person who can bring magic into the human world and technology into Faerie. Soon, Dana finds herself tangled up in a cutthroat game of Fae politics. Someone's trying to kill her, and everyone seems to want something from her, from her new found friends and family to Ethan, the hot Fae guy Dana figures she’ll never have a chance with… until she does. Caught between two worlds, Dana isn’t sure where she’ll ever fit in and who can be trusted, not to mention if her world will ever be normal again…
So to be completely honest, I wasn't crazy about this one. Actually, my feelings toward it are pretty mediocre. In the beginning I was way into it, unable to put it down. But as the end neared I just wanted it to be over. I started skimming and rushing to get through it. I'm not saying it was bad. I'm not saying don't read. It just wasn't my favorite ever. So what made it go down hill for me? It just got kind of repetitive. I kept wondering when my questions would be answered. And in the end things with her and Ethan weren't really resolved. I guess that's what book 2 is for (Shadowspell, due out 2011), right?
I'm going to get a little off topic here. But lately a lot of new young adult books I've read have been very...unfinished. I feel like they're all solely written to set up from their coming sequels. Is this just a ploy to sell more books? Surely. But also getting surely annoying. Anyone else getting that feeling lately? I mean having sequels is all fine and dandy--I loved Hunger Games--but even though Hunger Games ended on a major cliff-hanger I still felt like it had a beginning, middle, and an end. I just hate when novels have a beginning and middle--but no end. I'm not saying I don't enjoy books with sequels. I just like to read a book and not necessarily have to read the sequel to enjoy it. Take Twilight. I almost wish I never read past Twilight. It was stand alone. I just want more stand alone books, I guess.